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California urology practice to pay $1.85 million over alleged false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Mar 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California urology practice has reached a $1.85 million settlement with the federal government over allegations of submitting false Medicare claims for evaluation and management services.

L.A. charter school settles allegations of paying female math tutor less than male counterpart

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES — The federal government has reached a settlement with a Los Angeles charter school it says paid a female employee less than a male co-worker in the same job, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

USA Parking Services settles EEOC allegations it refused to hire deaf applicant

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) — A national valet and parking services company has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging the company refused to hire a deaf valet applicant due to her disability.

Nursing home chain to pay more than $18 million to settle billing controversy

By Marian Johns | Mar 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Tennessee nursing home chain will pay more than $18 million to resolve allegations of billing Medicare and Medicaid for substandard services and marking Tennessee's largest "worthless services" resolution in the state's history, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 27.

J&J says talc lawyers are playing the 'race card' in latest try at giant verdict

By John Sammon | Feb 27, 2019

Opening arguments began Monday in the lawsuit launched by a man claiming that asbestos-tainted baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson caused him to develop mesothelioma.

Global consultant firm reaches $15 million settlement over allegedly insufficient bankruptcy disclosures

By Marian Johns | Feb 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Global consultant firm McKinsey & Company Inc. has reached a $15 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations claims of insufficient bankruptcy case disclosures, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Broker offering high interest credit to veterans settles consumer board charges for $1

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A broker of pension assignments who allegedly violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act by offering high-interest credit to veterans, has settled with the federal government for $1, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Primo Hoagies franchise owner to pay more than $20,000 in back wages for FLSA violations

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania Primo Hoagies franchise owner has agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Department of Labor that it incorrectly classified some of its employees to avoid paying overtime as well as violating other Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations.

U.S. alleges Florida mail order diabetic testing supply company submitted false Medicare claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government has joined a lawsuit against a Florida mail order diabetic testing supply company accused of submitting false claims to Medicare and paying kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries.

Staffing agencies accused of subjecting Latino workers to racial slurs settles with EEOC

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — Four related staffing agencies have settled allegations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that they discriminated against Latino workers who were recruited to work in an Alabama poultry processing plant.

Jacksonville to pay $4.9 million for alleged discriminatory fire department union practices

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — The city of Jacksonville will pay $4.9 million as part of a settlement against the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters, Local 122, IAFF, alleging it practiced a promotion process that was discriminatory against African-Americans.

Orlando restaurant settles allegations of subjecting bartender to sexual harassment

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

MIAMI — An Orlando restaurant has reached a settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations of subjecting a bartender to sexual harassment and then firing her due to her complaints about the harassment.

FTC settles with operators of alleged work-from-home scam

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 14 that it has reached a settlement with two men who allegedly made several million dollars from customers by conducting a "work-from home business opportunity" scam.

Payday lender accused of making harassing calls to borrowers' references settles with government

By Marian Johns | Feb 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A payday retail lender operating in several states has settled charges by the federal government of failing to prevent overcharges, making harassing collection calls to borrowers' references and falsely advertising services that the company did not really offer.

FTC seeks public comment regarding modifications to franchising rule

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering changes and modifications to its Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising (Franchising Rule) and seeks public comment on the rule.

Consumers to receive $3.5 million as part of FTC settlement with company promoting weight loss

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Maine Attorney General's Office have reached settlements with two companies who both falsely marketed weight loss supplements that will result in nearly $3.5 million in refunds going to consumers affected by the alleged scam.

Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks for referrals settles with U.S.

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Florida compounding pharmacy accused of paying kickbacks to a third-party marketing company in order to obtain referrals for compound drug prescribers has reached a settlement with the federal government.

EEOC settles with Pennsylvania country club accused of age discrimination

By Marian Johns | Feb 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania country club has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal government alleging the establishment subjected a groundskeeper to seasonal layoffs and then fired him because of his age.

FTC, FDA warn sellers of dietary supplements about using false claims

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set its sites on three companies that sell dietary supplements and other health-related products, alleging the companies may be using false claims not supported by scientific evidence.

Consumers to receive $1.7 million in settlement stemming from illegal robocall scheme

By Marian Johns | Feb 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers affected by what the federal government calls a "robocall scheme" will soon see some of the $1.7 million in settlement monies ordered by a Florida district court against several companies involved in the illegal calls.

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